ARC Identifier 2569776 / Local Identifier 111-TV-541
Big Picture: The USAREUR Story: Part I
DVD Copied by Liz Pruszko - Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984). THE BIG PICTURE spotlights the massive power and technical prowess of USAREUR, The United States Army in Europe. In two, thirty minute documentaries filmed in Europe by THE BIG PICTURE camera crews, the amazing story of what it takes to equip, train and back up the soldiers who defend the freedom of the Western Alliance unfolds in sight and sound. Scenes never before seen on film relate in graphic detail the scope and readiness of men and machines - from the massed might of the American Fourth Armored Division to the colorful spectacle of Italian Bersaglieri and Alpini troops. These forces are part of NATO which stands with USAREUR as a most effective deterrent to any would be aggressor.
July 25, 2014 Subject:
Dating the film
Always loved watching The Big Picture when I was young. Thought I would try to help date the film. Early in the film the commander of an armored cavalry regiment takes a ride in a helicopter along the border his unit is guarding. The officer is Col. Lawrence E. Schlanser, 48th Colonel of the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment from July 6, 1959 to November 31, 1961, so at least that part of the film and likely the rest is around those two dates. My dad served in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment prior to this film, and I served with them after. The border mission for the 2d Cavalry Regiment was a very serious one that lasted from the end of WW II until 1991. This film portrayed the readiness of the units very well. Toujours Pret - Always Ready!